The US is already spending $1.2 billion on water purification for residents in its largest city, Los Angeles.
Now, it is making a $1 billion commitment to provide purified water for all its residents as part of a $6.6 billion effort to tackle the virus.
The city, with a population of 8.5 million, will start delivering purified water to people within three weeks of the start of the water purifying pilot.
Residents can also receive a free water filter in the coming weeks.
The pilot program was developed to provide the city with “precision, cost-effective, and affordable” water supplies, Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement Monday.
Los Angeles is among several US cities that are also using water purifiers to reduce exposure to the virus, but it is the first time a large city will have to provide water.
The US Department of Agriculture said in May that it will begin providing purified water through the pilot program in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C. The program is part of an initiative to make water safer for the entire country.
Los Angles officials announced the water filters on Monday, a week after Garcetti announced the city’s plan.
The Los Angeles City Council will vote on the water supply pilot program this week.
Los Angelenos who do not have clean drinking water will be able to purchase a filter for $10 from a vending machine in their local community center, according to the city.
Garcetti is also encouraging residents to call 311 to report unsafe water usage.
The American Civil Liberties Union said in June that the city has been “making progress” in eliminating unsafe water use, but that the pilot could “put a crimp in efforts to reach 100 percent safe water by September.”
The city is also investing $1 million in a new water distribution system that will deliver purified water directly to residents.
The project will be installed next year, and is expected to be completed in 2024.
Los Baños is located in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California, about 40 miles west of Los Angeles and about 20 miles north of Los Angels.